Graphite: A New Way to Discover Apps

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  • July 27, 2015

At last week’s DigiFest, one website in particular really struck me as a game-changer for teachers, especially as more and more classrooms are using digital learning resources almost every day.

Graphite is a free website from Common Sense Education, and they make finding the perfect educational apps, games, and websites easy. Graphite has actual educators on staff who review thousands of edtech tools and who help teachers find the best suited tools for their classrooms.

Teachers (or students!) can sign up for a free account. Once you’ve logged in, you’ve opened the doors to more than just reviews on educational apps. The site has a Teacher Sources section that offers digital learning resources by subject that are already aligned to the Common Core.

Graphite Screenshot

A screenshot of Graphite.

Graphite even has a feature called Boards, where users can create a space to organize and share digital learning resources and the screen looks similar to a Pinterest post.

When I had the opportunity to browse through Graphite, it was easy to find free apps for whatever I was looking for.  I found it extremely helpful to read the teacher reviews and to have a range of options.  Having been a 7th grade math teacher, I would have loved to have a resource like Graphite to help me pick the right apps for my students.

Graphite can help teachers discover new resources to raise student engagement and achievement. Give it a try.

– Lindsey

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